TPiB (Programs)

Teen programming is an important part of what we do as teen librarians. It can also be a time consuming part of what we do, it takes a little bit of time, love and tenderness (wait, is that a song?) to find and put a program together for our teens (and tweens).  One of the regular features here at TLT is TPiB. Here are some prepackaged programs (that are easily adaptable) for you to use.  If you do use a program, or part of a program, please consider taking some pictures and dropping us a line to let us know.

Specific Book Based Programs
adaptable for general programming

Feed Their Hunger for the Hunger Games (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, survival)
Share it! Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Olympians Week (Rick Riordan's Olympians series)
It's a Dead Man's Party (Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, zombies, monsters)
Paranormal Crafts - Angels (Angel fiction, Embrace by Jessica Shirvington)
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand (horror)
Food Fight (based on The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski, food activities)
Retro Reading (based on Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt)
The Fairy Garden (inspired by Return to Me by Justina Chen)
Leaving Kansas for Oz (inspired by The Wizard of Oz)
The Mortal Instruments
Tales from Lovecraft Middle School (Halloween, monsters and zombies) 
Divergent programming
Divergent Truth or Dare
Divergent Rainbow Loom Faction Bracelets with Bottle Cap charms

Craft Programs

More Crafts Then You Have Time For
Flashback Fridays (retro)
Send Them Back to School with Style (back to school crafts)
Pageturners! Save My Spot! (a variety of bookmarks)
Turn Your Instagram Photos into Photobooth Strip Bookmarks 
Picture It: 30 Days of Art Activities part 1
Art Through the Ages (Picture It: 30 Days of Art Activities part 2)
Picture It: 30 Days of Art Activities part 3
Picture It: 30 Days of Art Activities part 4
Monster Fest (great for Halloween)
Once Upon a Time (twisted fairy tales, fantasy)
All the World's a Stage (performing arts)
Meme ALL the Shirts (t-shirt crafts, memes)
Project Fashion
Project Fashion, part 2
Tales from the Crib: Babysitting 101 (Don't Sit on the Baby from Zest Books)
Retro Movies with Reel Culture (Reel Culture from Zest Books)
87 Killer Programs from 87 Ways to Throw a Killer Party (87 Ways to Throw a Killer Party from Zest Books)
Spatacular (spa activities, based on books from Zest Books)
We've Only Got This One Earth: 47 Things You Can Do for the Environment (Earth Day, going green, based on 47 Things You Can Do for the Environment from Zest Books)
Guitar Pick Jewelry (featuring Guitar Notes by Mary Amato)
Duct Tape Crafts and Duct Tape Crafts Part 2  
Duct Tape Tips
Origami Resources
Poster Frenzy: Transparency Film + Dry Erase Markers = Posters 
Story Terrariums
Renovate Your Room (with more Duct tape crafts) 
Instagram crafts
Poetry Crafts, take 2 
Art Journals/Memoirs 
10 Things to Do with a Blank Canvas part 1 and part 2.
Sugar Skulls for Dia de los Muertos
When Books Inspire Art
To Rainbow Loom or Not To Rainbow Loom
Marshmallow Madness
Tiny Food Party 
On a Stick
STEM Programming using Quirk's Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab.
Crafting with Quirk

I am SHERlocked
Sharpie tie-dyed Ts
Washi: The kinder, gentler tape
Five Zero Cost, Raid the Cabinet programs
Shark Week!
Back to School Crafts 
Brushbots Part 1 and Part 2  
Bottle Wrapping 
Back to School Crafts
Interactive Programs

Live Angry Birds (by Heather Booth)
Talk Like a Pirate Day
Prom Spectacular (by Steve Moser)
Poetically Speaking (poetry activities)
Post It Note art (by Stacey Costabile)
Follow the Evidence (CSI activities)
Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover (book speed dating)
Feeding Frenzy (Food allergy awareness as it appeared in VOYA, February 2012)
The Slurpee Challenge (by Heather Booth)
Creating a Babysitting Toolkit
Extreme Gingerbread Challenge
Reality TV inspired programming ideas: Project Runway, Fear Factor, Cupcake Wars, Craft Wars
In a galaxy not so far away (Star Wars programming)
Valentine's Day/Anti-Valentine's Day Programming (based on Crushed, Dumped, Kiss and The Date Book by Zest Books)
Cycling and Health Programs (with a tie in to Holy Spokes by Rob Coppolillo)
Teen Tech Week: Check in at the Library
Steampunk in the Library
Doctor Who 
Teens, Tech and Programming 
Hosting a Coding Club 
Free Comic Book Day programming
Minecraft After Hours
Squishy Circuits

Nontraditional Programs

Teen Volunteers
It's In the Bag: Creating a babysitting toolkit (also good for a teen mom class)
Draw It! Teen Summer Reading Club Art Contest 
Library Bootcamp (library training) 
Expect the Unexpected: Lock-Ins (by Christie Gibrich)
Library Lock-In Outline
Exam Cram
Mock Printz  
Reel Teens: Hosting a teen film festival (inspired by Andrew Jenks)  
Geek Out Your Library: How to host a mini-con at your library
5 Things to Do with Post It Notes in Your Library
One School, One Book
Self Directed Displays for the Last Minute 
Self Directed Displays in Action
Making Art Inspired by Books
Self Directed Game Day Contest
International Gaming Day
Makerspace @ Your Library
Doctor Who: Making a Tardis T-Shirt for Dummies 
Doctor Who: Making Doctor Who Minimalist Shadow Art 
Book Quotation Celebration 
Teen Tech Week on a Shoestring Budget
Book Fight
Start a Coding Club
Creating a Life Hacks Workshop 
Bookish Nails 
Make Your Own (Simple) Photo Booth with Props 
Making .gifs with a SmartPhone and Legos
Self Directed & Free Range Programming Ideas: 3 World Booktalk, 6 Second Booktalks, Scratch Off Tickets, Book Jar and Book Speed Dating 


  1. Your link for the babysitting toolkit is no longer working.

    1. Thanks for the heads-up. Should be working now.

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